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Traveling for 4/20? Brush Up on State Marijuana Laws

Planning to hit the road for 4/20? Whether you’re stopping by one of Leafly’s 4/20 events (we hope you are!) or you have your sights set on a separate celebration, keep in mind these state-specific cannabis laws before you travel so you can have a safe and fun 4/20 weekend.

 

Washington Recreational Marijuana Guidelines

Washington is one of two states with an active legal recreational cannabis market in addition to its medical marijuana program. If you’re traveling to Washington for the 4/20 weekend, keep in mind the following retail cannabis rules under I-502 guidelines:

  • You must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess, or use retail cannabis (and don’t even think about sneaking some to minors).
  • You can possess up to one (1) ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of infused product in liquid form for personal consumption.
  • Possession of over one ounce to 40 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by a mandatory minimum of 24 hours in jail (up to 90 days max), plus a $250 fine for the first offense. (Over 40 grams is a class C felony, so don’t.)
  • It is illegal to publicly open or consume cannabis or a cannabis-infused product. Should you get caught consuming cannabis in a public setting, you’re subject to a civil fine of up to $100.
  • It is illegal to transport cannabis or cannabis-infused products across state lines.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of cannabis: I-502 has set a per se DUI limit of 5 nanograms or greater of “delta-9” THC levels per milliliter of blood. When in doubt, catch a ride — our friends at Uber are offering a free ride of up to $20 for new Uber signups: just use the code RIDESAFELEAFLY and you're good to go! 

 

Washington Retail Marijuana Locations

Want to stop by a Washington retail marijuana shop? Use the Leafly Finder to pull up Washington state recreational cannabis stores.

 

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Guidelines

Colorado, I’m sure you’ve heard, is the other state that has an active legal retail cannabis market operating in tandem with its medical marijuana program. Planning to visit Colorado? Brush up on the state’s retail cannabis laws under Amendment 64:

  • As with Washington, you must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess, or use retail cannabis.
  • You can possess up to one (1) ounce of cannabis. However, Colorado residents can purchase up to one ounce of retail cannabis at a time, whereas non-residents are limited to ¼ ounce per retail store visit. Possession laws for all types of cannabis (flower, infused products, etc) are the same.
  • Possession of over one ounce up to two ounces of cannabis is a petty offense and subject to a max fine of $100. Between 2-12 ounces is a misdemeanor offense that carries jail time of 1 year to 18 months and a fine of $1.000 – $10,000. More than 12 ounces is a felony (again, don’t do that).
  • It is illegal to publicly open or consume cannabis or a cannabis-infused product. Should you get caught consuming cannabis in a public setting, you’re subject to a max fine of up to $100 and up to 15 days in jail.
  • It is illegal to transport cannabis or cannabis-infused products across state lines.
  • Colorado, like Washington, has a DUI threshold of 5 nanograms or greater of “delta-9” THC levels per milliliter of blood. DUI consequences can include fines, jail time, and a revoked license, depending on the driver. Take advantage of that sweet Uber deal: just use the code RIDESAFELEAFLY when you sign up for a new account.

 

Colorado Retail Marijuana Locations

Excited to visit a Colorado retail marijuana shop? Use the Leafly Finder to discover Colorado recreational cannabis stores.

 

Other State Medical Marijuana Guidelines

4/20 events will be taking place in many states across the country (check out Leafly’s list of 4/20 celebrations if you want to stop by one of our shindigs). You’d be wise to brush up on your state’s cannabis laws. Visit Leafly’s State of the Leaf to see each state’s legal status:

 

 

For more details on each state’s cannabis laws, check out NORML’s state marijuana information. Have a happy, fun, and safe 4/20, everyone!